Missionary Society, collected in situ between 1890-1900
Harry A. Franklin, Beverly Hills, acquired by the 1960s
Pacificulture-Asia Museum, ed., Captain Cook and the Islands of the Pacific, Pasadena, 1978, p. 39, cat. no. 175 (listed)
Pacificulture-Asia Museum, Pasadena, Captain Cook and the Islands of the Pacific, July 12 - October 15, 1978
Broad shields such as this were objects of special power and prestige in south-eastern Australia. The complex patterns of forms which cover these shields, rhythmical and meandering, are captivating and hypnotic to those of us who view them as outsiders. To the people who made them they were rich in meaning, objects that contained the key to their maker's place and identity.